Trinity Women's Lacrosse Win Streak Ends At Wesleyan

Jen Durocher '19 caused one turnover
Jen Durocher '19 caused one turnover

Middletown, Conn. - Junior Abigail Horst (Pomfret, Conn.) scored four goals to lead the Wesleyan University Cardinals to an 11-8 win over the visiting Trinity College Bantams in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women's lacrosse action this evening at Smith Field.  Trinity, ranked No. 9 in the nation, falls to 9-3 overall and 5-2 in the NESCAC, while the No. 16-rankee Cardinals improve to 8-4 overall and 4-3 in the league.  Trinity senior attacker Kiley Coffey (West Newbury, Mass.) had a monster game in a losing effort, scoring six of her team's eight goals and adding four draw controls.  The Bantams, which saw their five-game winning streak snapped with their first loss to the Cardinals since 2006, will visit No. 9-ranked Middlebury on Saturday, April 14 at  p.m.

Trinity fell behind early, 4-0, and used a late rally to cut its deficit to one at 9-8 with 8:42 to play, but could not score the rest of the way.  Horst scored twice and the other two Cardinal goals came on free positions to put the home team ahead, 4-0, with 21:29 left in the first half.  Trinity responded with three straight goals in less than three minutes of play, beginning with a bouncer off a free position by senior midfielder Allie Barrett (Concord, Mass.).  Coffey scored the next two Trinity goals to cut the deficit to one with 14:51 to play in the half.  Wesleyan scored again on a free-position shot before Horst and Coffey traded scored to make the score, 6-4, at the 4:52 mark, but the Cardinals scored twice more before time expired for halftime.

In the second half, Coffee started the scoring off with an unassisted tally at the 25:57 mark.  After the ninth Wesleyan tally, Coffey answered with back-to-back goals at the 14:21 and 13:00 marks. Minutes later, senior captain Abby McInerney (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) cut the deficit to 9-8 with a rocket over the right shoulder of Wesleyan goalie Allegra Grant on a free position.  Horst gave the momentum back to the home squad at the 7:19 mark with her fourth goal and Cardinal rookie Johanna Copeland (Hanover, N.H.) added an insurance goal with just over four minutes left to play.

Wesleyan held a 19-11 edge in ground balls and went 6-of-8 on free position shots. Trinity was 5-of-6 on free position shots and led 12-9 in draw controls. Both teams turned the ball over 22 times.  McInerney grabbed a team-high five draw controls, while first-year Marcella Flibotte (Cohasset, Mass.) notched three caused turnovers and two draw controls for the Bantams.  Grant and Trinity senior tri-captain Zoe Ferguson (Ridgewood, N.J.) made four saves apiece.